Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls

Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland, Australia

About Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls

Hiking Distance: 2km round trip (both falls)
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-17
Date last visited: 2008-05-17

Waterfall Latitude: -17.6051
Waterfall Longitude: 145.77276

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Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls were a pair of waterfalls sharing the same trailhead off the Palmerston Highway not far from Nandroya Falls.

I probably could have described each of these waterfalls in their own page, but I figured that it would make more sense to include them together since we did them both on the same hike.

Wallicher_Falls_010_05162008 - Wallicher Falls
Wallicher Falls

Our hiking path resembled that of a Y-shaped route, where each of the two waterfalls sat as the endpoints of each of the prongs of the Y.

Similar to Nandroya Falls, Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls seemed to be obscure waterfalls within the waterfall-laced Atherton Tablelands.

Indeed, we easily could have driven by their shared trailhead while driving along the Palmerston Highway between Innisfail and Millaa Millaa.

Hiking to Both Tchupala Falls and Wallicher Falls

Our hike began from the trailhead for both waterfalls right at the Palmerston Highway.

After about 200m, we reached a trail junction where the tracks to Tchupala Falls and Wallicher Falls each branched off in different directions.

Tchupala_Falls_001_05162008 - Context of the east-to-miss trailhead for both Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls along with the Palmerston Highway
Context of the east-to-miss trailhead for both Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls along with the Palmerston Highway

Had we chosen to do the Tchupala Falls first, we would have to hike about 360m from this junction (or 560m one-way from the trailhead).

Conversely, had we chosen to do the Wallicher Falls first, we would have to hike about 500m from this junction (or 700m one-way from the trailhead).

The overall hiking distance for the entire Y-shaped route was about 2km, which Julie and I completed in about 45 minutes.

When we did this hike, we first visited Tchupala Falls since it had the shorter walk.

We followed the straightforward track to an informal but partially obstructed view of the segmented waterfall.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the track leading to a better view of the falls was closed due to trail damage from Cyclone Larry.

Tchupala_Falls_013_05162008 - Tchupala Falls
Tchupala Falls

Thus, our photos of this falls were on the disappointing side as we never could get a clean view of it without going beyond the barricades (which we didn’t do).

In any case, this somewhat narrow dual waterfall looked to be around 10-15m tall.

Afterwards, we returned to the Y-junction and then proceeded to do the out-and-back spur hike to Wallicher Falls (I swore I saw a sign that spelled it Wallacha Falls).

Nevertheless, we followed this straightforward track to an established overlook where we could appreciate this wider yet more pleasing falls.

The photo shown at the top of this page was of the Wallicher Falls, which dropped about 10m though it had a greater width than height.


Tchupala Falls and Wallicher Falls reside in the Wooroonooran National Park near Innisfail, Queensland. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Tchupala_Falls_002_05162008 - Starting on the walk to both Tchupala Falls and Wallicher Falls
Tchupala_Falls_008_05162008 - Tchupala Falls partially seen from right before the track closure
Tchupala_Falls_011_05162008 - Damage due to Cyclone Larry by Tchupala Falls, which prevented us from getting a better experience with this waterfall
Tchupala_Falls_016_05162008 - More barricades preventing further access to better views of Tchupala Falls
Wallicher_Falls_002_05162008 - The attractive Wallicher Falls was the other waterfall we visited, which we thought was better than Tchupala Falls

Both Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls were within the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park between Millaa Millaa and Innisfail (just like Nandroya Falls).

The easy-to-miss signposted trailhead was about 3km east of Nandroya Falls (between a small pullout area on the north side of the highway where we parked the car and the Misty Mountains turnoff further west).

Overall, it was about 30km west of Innisfail (at the start of the Palmerston Hwy [Hwy 25]) or 25km east of Millaa Millaa along the Palmerston Hwy.

It was just east of the Misty Mountains turnoff.

For geographical context, Innisfail was 88km (over an hour drive) south of Cairns and 260km (3 hours drive) north of Townsville.

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Tagged with: wooroonooran, palmerston, national park, cyclone larry, tablelands, atherton, queensland, australia, waterfall, millaa millaa, innisfail

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